Korea Aerospace University


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Korea Aerospace University
EstablishedJune 16, 1952
PresidentDr. Kangwoong Lee
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates4434 (as of 2012)
Postgraduates654 (as of 2012)
CampusMain Campus at Goyang
Flight Training Center at Goyang
Flight Training Center at Jeju
Flight Training Center at Uljin
ColorsNavy Cobalt Blue
MascotPeregrine Falcon, Pine Tree, Lilac
Website[1] (English)
[2] (Korean)
Korea Aerospace University
Revised RomanizationHanguk Hanggong Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerHan'guk Hangkong Taehakkyo

Korea Aerospace University (한국항공대학교 (Traditional Chinese: 韓國航空大學校) [Han'guk Hang-gong Dae-hak-gyo]) is a private university in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea.


60th anniversary

Beginnings (1950s–1960s)

Korea Aerospace University was established as a national school on June 16, 1952. During the Korean War, under the Charter for Transport School which was granted by the Ministry of Transportation (which is now the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs) to develop a civil aviation industry.[2] The university primarily started as a two-year course school, solely with three departments: Department of Flight Operation, Department of Aircraft Power, Department of Telecommunication Engineering. Its status had been elevated by 1953.

After the War, the campus moved to Seoul in 1962, then to Goyang City, Gyeonggi-do in 1963, where it stands today. The school buildings were constructed, including the Hangar, the Flight Training Center, and the Electronics & Telecommunication Building. Several institutes such as the Central Library, the Maintenance Factory, the Wireless Lab, the Aviation Research Institute, the Training School for Aviation Tech were also opened.

Strengthened (1970s–1990s)

In 1979, the university was taken over by Jungseok Foundation, established by Hanjin Group, and it transitioned into a private university.

Through the modifications on quota and name, the establishment of schools, departments, and graduate schools were finalized. Auxiliary organizations and institutes were reorganized (see "Centers and institutes").

Furthermore, the Liberal Arts Building, Central Library, the Aviation Control Center, the Mechanical Engineering Building, and the Flight Operation Building were opened in the 1970s; the Student's Hall, the Science Building, the Mechanical Engineering Building, the Electronic Engineering Building were constructed in 1990s.

Development (2000s- )

Following the strengthening period, the university started to focus on ensuring its internal stability. From the early 2000s, structures were added and expanded. The Central Library, the Center for Technical Assistance to Small and Medium-sized Industries, the KAU Aerospace Center/Museum, and the New Administrative Building were built. The Library and the Student's Hall had a level extension. The microsatellite CubeSat was developed and launched for the first time among Korean universities in 2006. Major research results have been observed in the realm of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) since the first autonomous formation flight of UAV and the first flight of solar-powered UAV for 12 consecutive hours in Korea.

The university changed its name from Hankuk Aviation University to Korea Aerospace University in 2007. It started to develop its competence by expanding international networks. After obtaining AABI (Aviation Accreditation Board International) qualification, for flight education, aviation management, air traffic management, and air transportation systems in 2007, MOUs (memoranda of understanding) and agreements with well-known organizations were concluded: MOUs with the University of Southern California, Drexel University, Oregon State University; agreement for cooperation with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; joint development agreement with General Electric. The university — which encompasses most of the aerospace fields including Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunications, Computer Engineering, Air Transportation and Logistics, Aeronautical Science & Flight Operation, and Air and Space Law — has been designated to take several national undertakings and collaborative research projects with prominent global corporations including GE, Airbus, PLANSEE since 2009.

Reputation and Research Activities

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main building

Korea Aerospace University is the only university in Korea specialized in aviation and aerospace.


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Research activities

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School of Air Transportation and Logistics


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Space System Research Laboratory

Centers and institutes

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Remarkable Facilities


KAU Aerospace Museum

Korea Aerospace University established the KAU Aerospace Museum in pursuance of expanding the understanding on aviation and aerospace for the public in August 2004. With the area of 780m2, the museum exhibits more than 800 aviation and aerospace parts. It is structured with an Aerospace Zone, which exhibits the history of aerospace, a Flight Simulator, a Virtual Experience, an Experience Zone, which displays various plastic airplane, and a Future of Aerospace Zone, which exhibits the history and principle of rocket and satellite. KAU Aerospace Museum also earned the first accreditation from the FAI(Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) in Korea and was selected for receiving a benefit from 'Boeing GCC Fund'.

Flight Training Center

Flight Training Center (FTC) at Korea Aerospace University, one of the subsidiaries of GATI, was established to produce global-standard pilots for airlines and the military. The FTC provides a civil aviation pilot training program entrusted to KAU by Korean Air. For the development of general aviation, the FTC also has a flight training course for members of the public who wants to learn the basics of aviation.


On the KAU campus, FTC-Susaek operates a private pilot course and instrument rating course, both certified by Korea's Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. FTC-Susaek operates an academic training course for APP ab-initio cadets and Korean Air (KAL) pilots, as well as a flight training course for the public.


FTC-Jungseok operates a jet transition course for Korean Air (KAL) pilots. FTC-Jungseok operates four CE-560s and two CE-525 aircraft, as well as CE-525 and CTN-II simulators for the course.


At Uljin Airport on South Korean's eastern coast, FTC-Uljin operates a pilot training course certified by Korea's Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. The airline pilot training program adheres to stringent global standards. FTC-Uljin operates seven brand new single engine aircraft with glass cockpits, as well as a multi-engine aircraft and two FTDs used for flight training.

Training Courses
Course Qualifications Training Period Career Path

(Airline Pilot Program)

≤ Bachelor's Degree 3 yrs Airline pilot

(Uljin Pilot Program)

anyone 1 yr Airline pilot

(Military Pilot Program)

KAU students majoring Flight Operations 2 yrs Military pilot

(Commercial Pilot Course)

KAU students majoring Flight Operations 1 yr Airline pilot

(Jet Transition Course)

KAL employee Over 3 mth KAL pilot

International Programs

KAU International Summer Program

Korean Language Program

The Korean Language Education Center (KLEC), established in July 2006, founded the Korean Language Program to meet the growing demand from foreign students for qualified, innovative, and progressive Korean language training. The program implements a proven program that has been nationally recognized as the most effective method of language acquisition to date. The curriculum is supported with supplemental materials such as exercise books.

Study abroad

Korea Aerospace University provides study abroad programs for students to gain overseas experiences. The programs are NASA and Boeing Fieldtrip, Research Internship at University of Southern California (USC), Work & Travel Program at University of North Dakota (UND), visiting overseas firms by self-designed plan, and others.

Partner universities (by continent)

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Notable alumni

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  1. ^ http://www.kau.ac.kr/english/aboutkau/cms/abo_03.html
  2. ^ "HOME". KAU ISP 2020 (in Korean). Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  3. ^ "Dan Kim".

External links

Coordinates: 37°35′58″N 126°51′54″E / 37.5994°N 126.8651°E / 37.5994; 126.8651